Chelsea Wolfe Announces New Album and Tour Dates, Shares New Song “The Mother Road”

The Birth of Violence Due Out September 13 via Sargent House

Jun 18, 2019 Photography by John Crawford (Album Cover Photo by Nona Limmen)
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Chelsea Wolfe has announced a new album, The Birth of Violence, and shared its first single, "The Mother Road." She's also announced some acoustic tour dates for this fall. The Birth of Violence is due out September 13 via Sargent House. Listen to "The Mother Road" below, followed by the album's tracklist and cover art, as well as the tour dates.

The Birth of Violence is the follow-up to 2017's Hiss Spun. It was recorded with longtime musical collaborator Ben Chisholm and features Jess Gowrie (drums) and Ezra Buchla (viola).

Wolfe had this to say about the album in a press release: "I've been in a state of constant motion for the past eight years or so; touring, moving, playing new stages, exploring new places and meeting new people-an incredible time of learning and growing as a musician and performer. But after awhile, I was beginning to lose a part of myself. I needed to take some time away from the road to get my head straight, to learn to take better care of myself, and to write and record as much as I can while I have 'Mercury in my hands,' as a wise friend put it." 

The press release describes the album as such: "Birth of Violence touches upon tradition, but it also exists in the present, addressing modern tragedies such as school shootings and the poisoning of the planet. But the record is at its most poignant when Wolfe withdraws into her own world of enigmatic and elusive autobiography. The songs describe an internal awakening of feminine energy, a connection to the maternal spirit of the Earth, and a defiant stance against the destructive and controlling forces of a greedy and hostile patriarchy. Though the lyrical minutiae remain secret, the overall power of the language and delivery is bound to haunt the listener with both its grace and tension. In keeping with the general approach of the album, it thrives by culling from the familiar language of American country and folk music while setting it within longtime musical collaborator Ben Chisholm's scenic soundscapes."

The press release adds: "While it's tempting to draw a comparison to Wolfe's acoustic collection Unknown RoomsBirth of Violence is a far cry from the unplugged nature of that album. Instead, it feels like an exploration of one of Wolfe's strongest facets-her ties to the American singer/songwriter tradition."

Read our 2015 The End interview with Wolfe about endings and death.

The Birth of Violence Tracklist:

1 - The Mother Road
2 - American Darkness
3 - Birth of Violence
4 - Deranged for Rock & Roll
5 - Be All Things
6 - Erde
7 - When Anger Turns to Honey
8 - Dirt Universe
9 - Little Grave
10 - Preface to a Dream Play
11 - Highway

Chelsea Wolfe Acoustic Tour Dates:

08/31: Pasadena, CA - Pasadena Daydream Festival * (Non Acoustic Set)
10/18: San Diego, CA - Observatory North Park
10/19: Phoenix, AZ - Crescent Ballroom
10/21: Salt Lake City, UT - Metro Music Hall
10/22: Estes Park, CO - Stanley Hotel
10/24: Chicago, IL - Metro
10/25: Detroit, MI - Senate Theater
10/26: Toronto, ONT - Queen Elizabeth Theatre
10/27: Montreal, QC - Le National
10/29: Boston, MA - Royale
10/31: Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
11/01: New York, NY - Brooklyn Steel
11/03: Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
11/04: Charlotte, NC - McGlohon Theater
11/05: Atlanta, GA - Terminal West
11/06: Nashville, TN - Mercy Lounge
11/08: Dallas, TX - Texas Theatre
11/09: Austin, TX - Levitation
11/10: Houston, TX - White Oak Music Hall
11/12: Santa Fe, NM - Meow Wolf
11/13: Tucson, AZ - Club Congress
11/15: Los Angeles, CA - The Palace Theatre
11/16: San Francisco, CA - Regency Ballroom
11/18: Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom
11/20: Seattle, WA - The Showbox
11/21: Vancouver, BC - Vogue Theatre

* All dates with special guest Ioanna Gika except 8/31

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